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Throughout ancient history martial arts has occupied an important part in Chinese culture Developed by an Indian monk named Bodhidharma the practice of martial arts known as wushu it is one the earliest sports and has lasted throughout Chinas development It is a method of self defense a way of maintaining health and fitness a method of developing good morals and character and a form of spiritual and mental training Wushu originated and developed into an essential part of Chinese culture and as such it was bound to be impacted by other forms of culture The three main influences were arts and literature philosophy and religion Wushu and Chinese art are thought to share a common origin Literature bore great effects on wushus development and wushu is closely related with dance one of the oldest forms of art Literature which has always had the role of making images in the form of writing was for centuries used as a way of studying wushu and its role in society Many tales of courageous warriors have been passed on from generation to generation as well as codes of conduct and historical facts These have all helped people understand martial arts and its purpose Though literature provided many good contributions it also had its negative aspect in that some writers sensationalized and falsified stories to make wushu mysterious Even today the effects of these false notions can be seen Literature wasnt the only thing that played a role in shaping martial arts Primitive dances had movements that expressed courage on the battlefield These movements we used as models when developing the art of dancing as well as martial arts As both arts continued to evolve they frequently intertwined with one another and formed combinations of the two An example of this combination is the Sword Dance which was very popular and mixed dance with various sword movements Chinese religion has played an important role in the development of
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